It’s Sure Starting to Sound Like Lonzo Ball Will Not Return This Season

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It’s Sure Starting to Sound Like Lonzo Ball Will Not Return This Season

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We got a Lonzo Ball update, but it’s not the one we wanted.

Head coach Billy Donovan told reporters ahead of tonight’s matchup with the Milwaukee Bucks that Lonzo Ball is still experiencing discomfort. The team tried to ramp him back up after a 10-day pause due to prior discomfort in his knee, but it appears the time off has not yet resolved the issue.

Donovan went on to tell the media a decision on how to proceed with Ball would be announced over the next few days. However, I think it almost goes without saying that Ball remains on an extremely discouraging trajectory. With only four regular-season games left to go and the playoffs set to start in roughly a week, envisioning a world where Ball returns to the lineup is extremely difficult.

Perhaps the Bulls could cross their fingers if he makes it back for some kind of deep playoff run, but I have to imagine they will find it best served to call it a quits. Throwing Ball back into action in the thick of playoff intensity simply may not be the safest path to take.

So … yeah … this sucks a lot. Like … a lot a lot. While it’s hard to say we couldn’t at least slightly see this coming, it’s still remarkably frustrating to know the Bulls will have to venture into the postseason without arguably their best two-way player. Ball was the perfect lead guard to place around these three All-Stars, playing like a transition maestro and one of the best perimeter defenders in the league. We’ll have to wait for the final word from the team, but this feels like yet another brutal punch to the gut after a remarkably exciting first half of the season.

Author: Elias Schuster

Elias Schuster is the Lead Bulls Writer at Bleacher Nation. You can follow him on Twitter @Schuster_Elias.